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The Hidden Art of Homemaking Paperback – May 10, 1985
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It may be time to update some of the artwork, although the original drawings were created with the spirit of the books message in mind, so they remain relevant although they give the book a dated appearance.
Edith Shaffer is the wife of the well known Christian philosopher Francis Scaeffer, and they have together built up the L'Abri community in the Swiss Alps.
Edith Shaeffer says herself about this book: I would define hidden art as the art found in the ordinary areas of everyday life. Each person has, I believe, some talent which is unfulfilled in some hidden area of his being - a talent which could be expressed and developed.
Jesus tells us in the Bible to use our talents, and Hidden Art gives us some great help on this road. I remember when I read it the first time my favorite part was where the writers tells us about taking small children to long services and how to help them to stay concentrate and listen to what the preacher preach. I was not a mother myself then, but I was a Sunday school teacher, and all the children in my Sunday scholl became familiar with the drawings I had learned from Edith Shaeffer.
Other areas the writes tells about are music, painting, interiior decorating, gardening, creative recreation - to name a few.
I'm rereading this book now after more than 20 years. It is lent, and for me lent is a period where I try to find time to be more quiet and live closer to God and the meaning he has for my life. There are many books helping me to walk this road, and Hidden Art is a wonderful book sent from the Almighty God.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
For a Christian, this is certainly an invaluable book. The author is truly a witness to the gospel she preaches. Edith made a very good observation: many Christians confuse between surrendering their will to God and depriving themselves of every need in their lives. This book is not so much about throwing out 1000 creative ideas as it's about setting the mind right for being creative.
For a nonChristian, the book is likely to be a disappointment because the first principle of the author already doesn't match the reader's.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. It is sensitive, creative and like sitting down with a good friend. I highly recommend it!Published 1 month ago by Holly Friesen
I suggest if you want this book to buy it new. I bought it used, good and it had highlighter all over some of the pages as if a child had gotten ahold of it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Zucchini43
Great book. Makes me want to try some of the pinterest ideas I've foundPublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Book in Great condition. Not a very interesting read. Maybe it's just not my style.Published 7 months ago by Ashlee
Incredibly boring and WAY too Christian. No help to my life or homemaking AT ALL.Published 8 months ago by amy perfect
Not at all what I expected. Very flowery "old fashioned" language. NO real tips for homemaking.Published 10 months ago by Jennifer Mulewski